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Sugar free toddler top 5 (for today)

I’ve been feeling this uncomfortable need to apologize…only I don’t know to whom or why. I guess the awareness of a sort of manic inconsistency is a little discomfiting, and I wanted to acknowledge it. Last week I was spitting out blog posts, relative to my usual old faithful once weekly, and even stashed some starter posts in drafts that may well be destined as forever drafts. This week we’re back to...

Slow cooker coconut banana brown rice pudding

Once again, I’m posting a post that isn’t a post…more like a post-it. A little sticky note to slap on the fridge. Because although this isn’t rocket science, and may even seem repetitive (I’ve posted a bunch of very similar brown rice puddings before, but this one is the slightly different version I like best right now), I’ll be making it again soon and will want the handy reference. Those...

Vegan pumpkin shake

Are pumpkins still adorning your front steps, or am I too late? Unless you’ve already roasted and pureed your pumpkins, that is, and have a stocked fridge. Insanely delicious, creamy, easy, pumpkin shake, perfect for post Halloween and the spoils from those Jack-o-lanterns (or better yet, pumpkins you never got around to carving).  I won’t say any more, but instead will hold back from rambling and let this be my...

Easy blender pumpkin soup/pasta sauce

Little Monkey isn’t so little anymore (though he still has these shortstop little legs that motor here, there, and everywhere!). He’s an increasingly talkative toddler, and he wants to help. It’s the sweetest thing. He caught me sneaking a little dusting in while we were playing together one afternoon, and thought the eco-friendly wipe I was using was a tissue. Knowing a spot at his level where Kleenex are...

Rim Rock Marathon: Learning to relax and race

What’s a race, project, or otherwise big endeavor without a whole bunch of built-in excuses? You don’t have to be elite, or stake a lot on the line, to have a hefty list. They’re padding my back pocket when nervously anticipating most races; this one was no exception, despite the fact that it was very purposefully meant to be “just for fun”. The thing about excuses, though, is oftentimes they...

Easy, refined sugar free pecan date cookies

I’ll be honest. Week to week, we mostly eat like my last post (slow cooker baked sweet potatoes) and not so much like the pictures on my blog page might suggest. All my culinary creativity goes into recipe development for Ancient Harvest (which is oh so much fun!) and brainstorming and experimenting with easy, portable toddler treats. I’m starting a compilation of grab-and-go good-for-you snacks (more on that...

Slow cooker baked sweet potatoes

This isn’t a recipe. It’s not even a post, really. More like, a “just in case this is new for you, too” little something cool: slow cooker sweet potatoes are GOOD. For someone who uses the slow cooker ALL THE TIME (it’s how we survive), I can’t believe it took me this long to stumble upon this treasure. Sweet potatoes are a staple at our house. They need such minimal care, accept such a...

Curried sweet autumn

I took a couple of pictures of this simple dish, which tells me I must have wanted to save the recipe. That’s the stubbornly backward logic I’ve been using lately. It’s like a string around a finger jogging the memory to check the fridge for a sticky note with directions. My head is clogged again. This month has been busy, and I’m usually tired. Happy tired, but still tired.   A...

Quinoa straws or cheese straws

Last week, I attempted making quinoa crackers using cooked quinoa, quinoa flour, flaxmeal, and some seeds, plus a few other helpful ingredients. It was a disaster. But not the end of the world. I love silver lining surprises. While the dough and my patience had not a hope in hell of teaming up to achieve the crispy wafer intended, the opportunity to create a wholesome take on traditional cheese straws (with or without the...

Citrus roasted brussels sprouts

It’s been official for awhile now… fall is here! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate with delicious roasted brussels sprouts? For those of you who think you don’t like brussels sprouts…before you say anything, I’m tempted to declare you must try roasting them before deciding. Wary though, because of a lurking thought that maybe a reaction to brussels sprouts is genetic, as with cilantro, and...

Chocolate coconut amaranth baked pudding

You know the expression, “kill two birds with one stone”? I kind of loathe it. That statement seems to contradict itself, given “kind of” and “loathe” don’t exactly work well together, but why do the birds need to be killed, anyway? There is way too much brutality in the physical world today; let’s kindly give the metaphorical a happy place. But back to that phrase. I...

Roasted seasonal vegetables with farro salad

Some of my favorite dishes seem too simple to record on this blog, like proudly stating the obvious only to land in a puddle of second-guessing and embarrassment. Yet, when I do write them down, I usually end up consulting the method repeatedly. It may be  some things seem to easy to bother remembering, despite knowing that little changes in things like seasoning and cook time yield totally different dishes. At the same...